The Diocese of Leeds

September 27th, 2012 - Off To Serve The Holy Father

Off To Serve The Holy Father

Archbishop Roche took leave of the Diocese of Leeds this morning and set out to Rome in order to take up his new role in the direct service of the Holy Father.  It was announced at the end of June that Pope Benedict had appointed Bishop Roche to the position of Secretary in the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and at the same time given him the dignity of an Archbishop.

Archbishop Roche is a son of the Diocese, a priest of the Diocese and latterly its ninth Bishop.  He was appointed as Co-adjutor Bishop to Bishop David Konstant in July 2002 and became the Diocesan Ordinary on 20th April 2004.  During his time as Bishop Archbishop Roche served as Chairman of the International Commission for English in the Liturgy (ICEL) which produced the new English Translation of the Roman Missal. He has also served as Chair of the Bishop's Conference Liturgy Committee and on the Bishops' Conference Steering Group as well as an Overseas' Seminaries Inspector.

We thank Archbishop Roche for his ministry amongst us and for the generosity he has shown in giving of his time: many of the things he has done, the parishes and schools he has visited, the homilies and speeches he has given are recorded on this website both in previous news and the section dedicated to him as Bishop.  We assure him of our prayers and good wishes for the future.

Archbishop Arthur will return for a special celebration which is to be organised later in the autumn when there will be an appropriate opportunity to celebrate his ministry and take our leave of him.

Archbishop Roche has now resigned as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese and, in accordance with the Canon Law of the Church, the College of Consultors will elect a Diocesan Administrator within the next eight days.


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